Friday, December 19, 2014

Weekend Preview: December 19th - 21st, 2014

If you're anything like us, you're spending the beginning of your holiday vacation fighting over the last stocking stuffer scarf on the sale rack. Well we are here to remind you to also take a break and enjoy the events going on around town. Oh, and shop local!

Friday, December 19th

Oops, wrong movie.

You know that tough week you've had before the holiday break? Well tonight you can LET IT GOOOOOOOOOOO, LET IT GOOOOOOOOOOOOO! by heading over to Avalon Park before 7pm for their Movie Under the Stars featuring Frozen. It's free but be sure to bring a blanket and bundle up. Bonus points if you sing along off-key.

Everyone enjoyed Santacon, but did you feel like it was missing a little nerd flavor? Fear not, Florida Anime Experience brings you Cosplay Christmas- a party where you can dress up as your favorite character with a holiday twist and enjoy live performances, tasty treats, and some video games and a movie! Free, 7pm.

Saturday, December 20th

Throw away your razors, the Orlando Facial Hair Club is having their Holiday Party at Oblivion Taproom at 8pm, free. If attractive men with beards isn't your thing (hahaha, kidding- it's everyone's thing.), Oblivion is also having their Holiday Cheer and Beer Bash with an impressive beer list! Starts at 4pm.

Can't think of what to get your Secret Santa? Or do you have a cousin that has everything they need? Get creative with your shopping and join Tittie-Thyme's 3rd Zine Release and Hobby Fair Holiday Boogie at St. Matthews Tavern. Tons of quirky gifts and you can drink which you shop, which is honestly everyone's goal this season, right? 8pm, free.

Sunday, December 21st

Want some intelligent conversation with your brunch? Well join the first meeting of Feminism for Everyone where anyone can come with an open mind to have a great discussion about feminist issues. 11:30am, Stardust Video and Coffee.

Since a lot of you don't have work Monday, why not check out Southern Fried Sunday for the Holidays at Will's Pub? Hangovers be damned! With a great line-up and only $8 to get in, you'll want to take a few shots of espresso beforehand so you can party from 5:30pm until the wee hours of the night!


Written by Tairi Danger Pérez

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Weekend Preview: December 12th - 14th, 2014

Photo by Daniel Dorsa
Weekend Events

Get your last-minute shopping on at the Big Bang Bazaar, happening this Saturday (11am-6pm) and Sunday (11am-5pm) in Maitland. Admission to tons of indie craft vendors is $5, free under 12.

Friday, December 12th

♫♪ On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to meee...♫♪ ...alcohol poisoning. Because I went to TWELVE bars at The 12 Bars of Christmas Pub Crawl. It starts at 7:30pm at Wall Street Plaza; tickets are $20 or equivalent value unwrapped gift. 

If you prefer to mix your drinks with public transportation, check out the December Conductor Crawl, which meets at 6:00pm at Ceviche and heads south to Orlando Brewing on the 6:51 train. Train rides are $3.75; drink specials along the way. 

Casselberry's Tree Lighting Ceremony is going on this Friday from 5:00 to 9:00pm, with artisan booths, The Food Truck Bazaar, live entertainment, a showing of Arthur Christmas (7:00pm), and Santa photo ops. 

Saturday, December 13th

The downtown library is hosting a book signing and discussion of The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide this Saturday at 11:00am. (You may have seen the book in our Local Gift Ideas post earlier this week...)

The 10th Annual Winter Park Boat Parade and Festival of Lights and *takes breath* Ski Show is happening this Saturday starting at 3:30pm. The viewing takes place at the Polasek Museum, where you might also run into Santa.

Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux is putting on its 7th Annual Holiday Lights Ride. So what are you waiting for? Light up your bike, grab a helmet, and meet the gang at 6:30pm.

Up in Sanford, Second Saturdays is your chance to catch two stages worth of live music paired with food, drinks, and fun. The event starts at 7:00pm; tickets are $5.

At 7:00pm, the Milk District invites you to the open-air Sweater Fest 2014 with 17 live acts and lots of ugly sweaters; $5. 

Sunday, December 14th

As if the Big Bang Bazaar wasn't enough, Grandma Party Bazaar is back at Stardust Video & Coffee! Check out the vendors, live music, and other activities this Sunday from 10:00am to 6:00pm. 

Last month you drooled over the Performing Arts Center, this weekend come visit the newly renovated Citrus Bowl at the Citrus Bowl Community Open House. It's a free event with  self-guided tours, snacks, and activities, but tickets are required; starts at noon.

What are you up to this weekend? Leave a comment below!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Local Orlando Gift Ideas, Part 1

It's that time again. They might call it "gift giving season," but it usually feels more like "frantically looking for cool stuff to buy that's not too expensive season." Well, that's where this post comes in. In the first part of our Local Orlando Gift Ideas series, we explored East End Market and stopped by Cloak & Dapper. Hopefully, these gift ideas (mostly under $20) will wow that special someone or blow your next Secret Santa out of the water. {Photos by Tina Craig}
There are two hidden gems tucked away upstairs at East End Market. The first is Bookmark It, a tiny store whose carefully curated collection could keep you browsing for hours. (There's a section of books that pair perfectly with the stores downstairs, which was the inspiration for this post.) A few steps away is Whisk and Bowl - A Baker's Market. With a focus on beautifully designed, heirloom-quality kitchen items and trinkets, even non-bakers will enjoy taking a look.
Gifts from East End Market, Orlando

In Florida, barbecue season is always just around the corner. Grab some special ingredients from Houndstooth Sauce Company (East End Market) for your special someone. (But really, what you do with that sauce mop and a jar of red or white is up to you.) For the horn-rimmed glasses wearing bookworm in your life, grab a good non-fiction book and a bag of Lineage coffee (also at East End Market), like the delicious Ethiopia Yirgacheffe.

Florida beer is on the up and up, and we all know someone who is overly obsessed with loves craft brews. Grab a book, like The Great Florida Craft Beer Guide, and pair it with a bottle of Cigar City Brewing from Local Roots (East End Market).

Porch Therapy (East End Market) carries a huge selection of beautiful succulents, fresh flowers, and unique decorations that make perfect gifts. (If you know someone with a self-proclaimed "brown thumb," you may want to stick to the air plants...)

Cheese. If this word stirs all kinds of feelings inside you, this may be the gift for you. La Femme du Fromage (East End Market) carries a great selection and will walk you through what you need to know to pick the perfect fromage. Deepen your knowledge with an in-depth book (or maybe just a good bottle of wine).

Cloak & Dapper - A Gentleman's General Store just opened its very first physical location in a beautiful space across from Lake Ivanhoe. There, you'll find everything from clothes and accessories to personal care products and drinking supplies for your guy with fancy tastes.

For the person who has everything, sometimes you just need to buy some sweets. Fatto in Casa (East End Market) has you covered with stunning cakes and small batches of homemade goodies.

Now it's your turn: What are some of your favorite local gift ideas, and what store would you love to see photographed? Leave a comment below and stay tuned for Part 2!

Tina Craig is an Orlando photographer. When she's not shooting rock'n'roll memorabilia at Hard Rock International, she dazzles our readers with photo essays and event pix.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Weekend Preview: December 5th - 7th, 2014

Don't call it a comeback! After a quick Thanksgiving break, we're back with awesome events happening in Orlando this weekend.

Friday, December 5th

While we know most of you will be at the GWAR show tonight, for those that didn't get tickets there is still an opportunity to have a great time and wake up the next day wondering where that unexplained tattoo came from, why the room is spinning, and just who is that next to you in bed. Stigma Tattoo Bar is hosting Repeal Day: A Live Presentation of the Drunken Odyssey where you can listen to a live writing podcast of some local literary stars and celebrate the day prohibition ended! 7pm, free.

You know what I love? A good tree lighting celebration to make me forget it's raining and 77 degrees in December (ugh, thanks Obama). Check out the entire list of things to do leading up to it at the City of Orlando's Tree Lighting Celebration from 5:00 to 10:00pm; free at Lake Eola.

If you're a little further north and don't want to deal with traffic, the City of Winter Park is also holding its Tree Lighting Celebration at 5pm on Park Ave. for free.

Saturday, December 6th

Local gamers, your day is here! Indienomicon is a free festival showcasing independent games made by Orlandoans. Dress up, play games, meet friends, geek out, and spend the day from noon - 5pm at the Downtown Library (try the food from the library, it's awesome). There will be prizes for best cosplay, and from the pictures we've seen, it looks like an awesome time! There will also be vendors if you'd like to get some geeky holiday shopping done.
Homegrown Local Food Co-op is hosting its Holiday Open House so you can meet the faces behind some of your favorite locally-made/grown products. From 6:00 to 9:00pm; free. 

The Falcon is holding its C-Note Collection: Grab & Go Arty Party where you can donate toys for those who might not otherwise get presents this year (you'll get 50% off your first drink!) and buy local art for your holiday list (all art under $100). Starts at 8:00pm and is featuring some awesome local artists' work. Shop local!

Sunday, December 7th

To continue your shopping local for the holiday season adventure, Dandelion Communitea Cafe brings you SPARKLE Handmade Artisan Market that will feature a bunch of local artists, crafters, and jewelry designers from 11:00am to 5:00pm. There will also be a raffle to benefit The Avian Reconditioning Center for Birds of Prey and there might even be a bird of prey in attendance! You'll spot it easily because it'll be the only creature eating meat at the event without being judged. (Just joshin' ya, I love my fellow vegans.)

It's a vegetarian falcon, we promise...
This Sunday, why not keep with the local theme and go to the movies to watch films made by fellow Orlandoans? Enzian's FilmSlam starts at 1:00pm, $5. FilmSlam is in its 8th year, so you know you're being part of a great and lasting Orlando tradition.

What are you up to this weekend Orlandoans? Tell us below!

Written by Tairi Danger Pérez

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Weekend Preview: November 20th - 23rd, 2014

From Katerina Friderici's installation at Twelve21 Gallery

Weekend Events.

Take out a second mortgage now, because the 5-Year Anniversary Rifle Paper Company Sidewalk Sale is this Friday (9:00am-8:00pm) and Saturday (10:00am-5:00pm).

Through Sunday, catch OMArt's Festival of Trees from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Tickets to the winter wonderland and the museum itself are $10 / $6 kids.

Thursday, November 20th

Rogue Pub on Curry Ford is hosting a Sushi Beer Dinner this Thursday at 7:00pm. $20 gets you four sushi rolls (by Sushi and Seoul) paired with four Founders Brewing brews. It also includes a special (liquid) dessert and a goodie bag. RSVP! (And maybe get a DD...)

This month's Ladies Fashion Hour (a fashion happy hour at The Falcon) will feature Other Peoples Property. From 7:00 to 10:00pm, get half off drinks, have your tarot read, and shop local. 

The 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop is happening this Thursday in Downtown. From 5:30 to 9:00pm, with "art, food, tech, and biz." As part of it, Jai Gallery will open its newest exhibit, Le Divin Feminin

Friday, November 21st

Bring lots of blankets to this month's Movie Under the Stars in Avalon Park, showing Maleficent at 7:00pm, complete with free popcorn. 

Giant glowing cocoons are art, too, mom!! See them at the Everything is Relative Opening Reception at Twelve21 Gallery. Meet the artist herself this Friday from 6:00 to 9:00pm. 

Saturday, November 22nd

It's time for Ivanhoe Village Jingle Eve! Events include Santa's workshop, the vintage Happy Holidays sign lighting, Christmas tree lighting, samples and specials by merchants, Food Truck Bazaar, vendors, and wine stroll. Everything is free except the wine stroll ($20), which is worth an alcohol-poisoning-inducing way. 

This Saturday, Central Park embraces Fall with the 5th Annual Winter Park Harvest Festival. This free event features a market, demonstrations, workshops, kids' activities, food, and live music.

Snap! Space presents another Artist Talk, Projection & Book Signing this Saturday at 5:00pm. It's a free event, but RSVP to save a spot.

Sunday, November 23rd

Wind down the weekend with Yoga in Lake Eola Park, at the corner of E Washington Street and N Eola Drive. The free class is from 10:00am to noon.

What's up this weekend, Orlandoans? Leave a comment! 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Weekend Preview: November 14th - 16th, 2014

Photo by Tina Craig
Weekend Events

This Saturday, the Orlando Museum of Art kicks off the holiday season with the 28th edition of the Festival of Trees. $10 adults/$6 kids gets you into this winter wonderland, as well as the museum's other exhibits.

Saturday through Monday, the Enzian is hosting the 16th Annual Central Florida Jewish Film Festival. Individual movie tickets are $11; times vary.

The Orlando Repertory Theatre presents A Christmas Story: The Musical, from now until December 28th every Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 and 5:30pm. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16 senior/student/military, and $12 for kids.

Friday, November 14th

Kick off your weekend with a one-of-a-kind bar crawl: the November Conductor Crawl. Meet at Ceviche on Church Street at 6:00pm, take SunRail up to Winter Park to grab a drink, and then head back down to Church Street for a nightcap.

Here's one for the Lake County peeps (or anyone willing to travel): the Mount Dora 2nd Friday Art Stroll is happening this Friday from 6:00 to 8:00pm.

"Red-hot blues and ice-cold brews" are two key components to Casselberry's second annual Craft Beer & Blues Festival, going on at Lake Concord Park from 5:00 to 9:00pm.

Saturday, November 15th

Top Pick
Our favorite reading series turns two! Come celebrate at Functionally Literate Presents: Jeff VanderMeer with a reading and Q&A by both the New York Times-bestselling author Jeff VanderMeer and Usman Tanveer Malik. This free event takes place at 7:00pm at the Lowndes Shakespeare Center.

Before the reading, come out to East End Market's Bookmark It for Florida Bookstore Day. This is your chance to meet eight different authors (every hour from 10:00am to 4:00pm) for readings, Q&As, and workshops.

Saturday night, Wall Street Plaza's FSU vs. Miami Block Party starts at 7:00pm with an outdoor showing and drink specials.

Get a head start on your small business holiday shopping at the ICS Bizarre Bazaar, this Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. 70+ vendors; $5 entry.

This Saturday at noon, the Gallery at Avalon Island is hosting six artists to discuss their processes behind their work at the Between Fact and Fiction show.

Sunday, November 16th

This weekend, don't miss Southern Fried Sunday at Will's Pub, with performances by The Orange Blossom Trails, The Bloody Jug Band, and Due South. Your $7 cover also includes a BBQ dinner buffet (!); doors at 5:30pm.

It's bigger, it's better, it's the Orlando Toy and Comic Con! Check it out this Sunday starting at 10:00am.

What are you up to this weekend? Leave a comment below!

Bonus event: Yelp's Night at the Museum isn't until December 3rd, but you'll want to already save your seat. Tons of free food, drinks, and goodies at the Orlando Science Center; free for anyone with a Yelp account.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Weekend Preview: November 7th - 9th, 2014

Concerts, comedy, and Marlon Brando when he was hot--what more could you want from this weekend??

Friday, November 7th

Grab a blanket and a picnic basket, it's time to watch Marlon and Vivian steam up the silver screen for Leu Garden's Date Night: A Streetcar Named Desire starting at 7:30pm. $6, and bring a jacket since it's supposed to get a tad chilly!

Let's always take a moment to honor those that are willing to lay their lives down for the country they believe in. Show your support by taking part in Winter Park's 4th Annual Veteran's Day Celebration, starting at 9:30am.

Saturday, November 8th

You know what's better than a free concert? A free concert with an artist you actually have heard of and want to see! Check out the free (did we mention it's free?) concert: Celebration of the Seneff Arts Plaza starring Cheryl Crow starting at 8:00pm. This concert is to promote the new Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, so don't forget to have a look around while you're there. Also, it's free.

So, before you check out the artist that makes us break into song whenever "All I Wanna Do" comes on our playlists, take a self-guided tour of all the various areas of the new building during the Community Open House going on from noon - 6:00pm. Again, free!

Oi, did you know Britweek Orlando has been going on? We aren't pissing around, either--it's a proper festival in different cities. This year's do will end on Saturday with a British Bonfire Night that's sure to be aces! $5 general admission, 5:30 to 10:00pm and if you want to be cheeky you could wear your "Orlando is the tits" shirt and blend right in, mate. Cheerio. (Ok, now we've gone through all the British slang we know.)

Sunday, November 9th

We've been pretty obsessed with Mindy Kaling ever since her character from The Office made us laugh so hard we snorted (sexy, right?). Well, we now have a chance to watch the comedic play she came up with with her roommate before she was famous about what Matt Damon and Ben Affleck were like before they were famous. Matt and Ben starts at 7:00pm at The Venue, $15.

Speaking of awesome comedic plays, Play de Luna Presents: Disorderly Conduct is a collection of funny one act plays that are sure to keep you laughing until Monday morning. Starts at 6:00pm, $12, and get tickets in advance because half the shows are already sold out!

What are you up to this weekend Orlandoans? Tell us below!

Written by Tairi Pérez